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Friday, March 23 Sports

Local runners shine at Minute Man Road Race

Westport resident Lenny Arias won the male 10K race and Wilton's Mary Zengo finished first in the female division at 36th annual Minute Man Race, sponsored by the Westport Young Women's League, on Sunday.

Arias (36:37) finished ahead of Tom Harding (37:28) of Westport and Leo Biala (38:03), of Stamford. Zengo (38:46) won by over two minutes, besting Milly Wade-West (40:53), of Shelton and Tiny Senft-Batoh (41:55), of Stamford.

In the 5K men's race, Kevin Hoyt (15:37), of Newtown edged Westport's Luke McCambley (15:42) by five seconds. Danny Tateo (17:33), of Armonk, N.Y. finished third. In the female 5K race, Westport residents Elysse McCambley (20:32), Anna Pluta (20:58) and Bonnie Averbuch (21:12) ran 1-2-3.

The race attracted about 1,500 runners and the sponsoring Westport Young Women's League expected it would raise about $40,000 for the charities it supports.

A number of families ran the race together. The Connells of Westport hit the race course together for a second consecutive year. "Last year was lots of fun and inspired us," said Amanda Connell. "We want to continue to make this an annual event."

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Mike McCreesh of Southport expressed a similar sentiment. "My eldest daughter, Madison, has run this a couple of times in the past. My youngest daughter, Kira, and I decided to join her this year. I'm six days removed from running the Boston Marathon, so we'll see how my legs work," he said.